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ANS E-news, April 2013

ANS in Chicago

On April 18-21, ANS Executive Director Ute Wartenberg Kagan and Adjunct Curator David Hendin will attend the Chicago International Coin Fair. On the 20th, Dr. Wartenberg Kagan will speak on current Society activities and Mr. Hendin on the ANS's new publication of the Abraham and Marian Sofaer Collection (copies of which will be available for purchase). A presentation will be given by ANS Trustee Mike Gasvoda on the exhibit of complete Dassier's "Kings and Queens of England" medal sets that will be on display. Details and press release available .

2012 and 2013 Archer M. Huntington Awards Presentation

On 14 May 2013, Executive Director Ute Wartenberg Kagan and Deputy Director Andrew Meadows will be at the American School at Athens, to present Dr. Ioannis Touratsoglou and Prof. Olivier Picard the Archer M. Huntington Award for 2012 and 2013, respectively. The Huntington Award is conferred annually in honor of the late Archer M. Huntington in recognition of outstanding career contributions to numismatic scholarship.Details and press release available . 

ANS Adjunct Curator awarded 2013 Holst Medal

ANS Adjunct Curator David Hendin has been named the recipient of the 2013 Holst Medal of Gunnar Holsts Stilftelse für Numismatik Götborg. The medal will be presented at a ceremony at the University of Götborg, Sweden, on 17 May 2013. That week Hendin will present a series of four lectures discussing "Jewish Symbolism on Ancient Coins," "Ancient Biblical Coins," "How Jesus Used Money to Explain Life," and "Coinage of the Two Jewish Wars."

ANS in San Francisco

On 17-18 May, ANS Adjunct Curator Oliver Hoover will attend the San Francsisco Historical Bourse, where he will present "The Unwritten Handbook: New Insights into Peloponnesian, Thessalian, and Sicilian Coins from the Handbook of Greek Coinage Series" Details available .

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Library Support Website

The ANS Library has recently updated a section of the ANS library support website. Library staff frequently get inquiries from people wishing to donate their auction catalogs. Because of space limitations here, we cannot accept all donations of every catalog, so we have prepared some listings of specific catalogs and runs of catalogs that we would very much like to acquire. Perhaps our members can help. The lists that are posted are of our MISSING catalogs (i.e. those we would like to acquire): This information will be updated as it becomes necessary.

New ANS Publications

The ANS is pleased to announce two new publications:

Coins of the Holy Land: The Abraham and Marian Sofaer Collection at the American Numismatic Society and the Israel Museum. (Ancient Coins in North American Collections 8, 2013) by Ya’akov Meshorer with Gabriella Bijovsky and Wolfgang Fischer-Bossert, and edited by David Hendin and Andrew Meadows The Abraham and Marian Sofaer collection consists of 4,000 coins and related objects produced by the peoples who inhabited the Holy Land from the Persian period in the 5th and 4th centuries BCE through the Crusader Kingdom in the 13th century of the modern era. Assembled over more than 30 years, the collection contains gold, silver and bronze coins of the Persians, Greeks, Samarians, Jews, Nabataeans, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, and Crusaders. This book will be ready for shipping later this year. Pre-order now.

Ophthalmologia Optica et Visio in Nummis (Ophthalmology, Optics and Vision in Numismatics) 

Hirschberg History of Ophthalmology Supplement Series 13 

by Jay M. Galst and Peter G. van Alfen (2013).

 Published jointly by J.-P. Wayenborgh Verlag and the ANS, Ophthalmologia,Optica et Viso in Nummis catalogues roughly 1,700 objects in 14 chapters each of which focuses on a discrete topic, e.g., ophthalmologists, ophthalmological congresses, the blind (and their rehabilitation), optical instruments (including spectacles), and the eye as a symbol. Appearing as volume 13 in the supplemental series to Julius Hirschberg’s History of Ophthalmology, the book also serves to situate the objects within the larger historical context of the ophthalmological and optical disciplines. This book will be ready for shipping in 2013.Order now.

ANS in Australia

On March 25-28, ANS Web and Database Developer, Ethan Gruber, attended the Computer Applications & Quantitative Methods in Archaeology convention (CAA 2013) in Perth, Western Australia. There he and Dr. Kris Lockyear unveiled Coin Hoards of the Roman Republic (CHRR) Online. This new database will be launched by the ANS in May.

ANS in Egypt

ANS Deputy Director Andrew Meadows has just returned from a three day workshop in Alexandria, Egypt, where important new breakthroughs in the understanding of Ptolemaic bronze coinage were discussed. Recent work by ANS Fellow Catharine Lorber, Thomas Faucher and Olivier Picard (this year's ANS Huntington medallist) has recently solved many long-standing problems in this difficult area of Greek numismatics. At the heart of the discussion, which took place at, and with the sponsorship of the Centre d'Etudes Alexandrines, was the recent publication of the excavation coins from the city of Alexandria by Picard, Faucher and others.

The first volumes of Catharine Lorber's comprehensive new corpus of the Ptolemaic coinage will be published by the ANS in 2014.

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